Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3081 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, Monday to Wednesday, we had three glorious days of Tee-shirts, Shorts, and Flip-flops weather with high temperatures of 18 degrees, instead of a seasonal 2 degrees!
Keep staying safe everyone.
By Dada standards, once I got going, I found this reasonably straightforward although I did have at least a couple of Hmms. I counted seven anagrams (one partial), two lurkers, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 32 clues, with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.
Candidates for favourite – 13a, 2d, 11d, and 23d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Building work I check inside arena (8)
I from the clue and a three letter synonym for check all placed inside a type of arena (that might be associated with a circus, when we had them).
9a Boater at once is fashionable (8)
An anagram (fashionable) of AT ONCE IS.
13a Crystal: good in possession of pirate? (3,5)
The single letter for good placed inside (in) something a pirate might own (possession of).
15a Layer of eggs on cheese for a moment (7)
A layer of eggs, but not the usual one, placed after (on) a type of cheese.
20a A cat bit (4)
Included because it is sometimes contentious – A from the clue and a (male) cat.
28a Being gone for ages, call father back (6)
Definitely one of my Hmms – a synonym of call and a two letter synonym of father all reversed.
29a Greek god, model with sculpture of Odin (8)
A verbal synonym of model and (with) an anagram (sculpture) of ODIN.
31a Wisest of the wise perhaps receiving first of awards, in act of generosity (8)
Even with the perhaps in the clue, another Hmm – a synonym (perhaps) of wisest and an avian reputed to be wise containing (receiving) the initial letter (first) of Awards.
1d Log on string (6)
The well-known two letter synonym of on and a type of string.
2d Go like a commercial vehicle? (6)
A type of commercial vehicle with a three letter suffix that can mean like a, or as the BRB puts it – a suffix “forming adjectives signifying somewhat.”
4d Bouquet held by soprano serenely (4)
One of the lurkers (held by) found in the remaining words of the clue – the other lurker, not hinted by me, is 30a.
7d Broke, as I spend a lot (2,6)
An anagram (broke) of AS I SPEND.
8d Perfect life initially occupying dirty home — really? (8)
A verbal synonym of perfect followed by the first letter (initially) of Life inserted into (occupying) a three letter term for a dirty home.
17d Difficult second book (8)
A synonym of difficult and a verbal synonym of second.
22d Run through with stake, I look anaemic! (6)
Written as (1’1,4) a phrase equivalent to I look anaemic.
27d Nothing, like a lot (4)
A double definition to finish – the first is nothing in a racquet game.
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